Ruth Rogers MBE set up the River Café in the late 1980s along with Rose Gray in collaboration with Richard Rogers' (Ruth's husband) architecture firm. It soon became a big hit, attracting food lovers from across London. It has spawned books of the River Café recipes from the menu, plus a cookery school. Ruth and Rose have also brought their love of Italian cuisine to TV and it was during the making of one programme that Jamie Oliver was discovered working in the kitchen. Another famous ex-member of the River Café staff is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.